Thursday, December 18, 2014

Talk on Thursday

Let's talk on this chilly Thursday. And by talk, I do mean catch up! I have to catch you up on everything that has been going on and I have to do it kind of fast because I have one baby who is yelling her crib and another who is kicking the wall. Apparently naps aren't happening today but that's ok, they can have a little "quiet time" while momma writes what she needs to.

  • Last time I posted it was about my results. We still haven't gotten the results back on biopsies but hoping and praying for best outcome. I haven't been able to take anti-inflammatories for a week because it could cause my stomach to bleed where they took the biopsies. I don't know if I have ever mentioned this before but my body hurts me. All the time. There's rarely a day that passes that I feel great. Lately by the time night rolls around and I cant squeeze my hands, move my shoulders or knees and the tops of my feet. I don't know whats going on but it is causing a lot of pain. I thought I was too young to have rheumatoid arthritis but a lot of my family members have it and I guess I'm being tortured with it at an earlier age. This is the worse pain i have ever felt in my life. Makes me want to give my dad a big hug because he has lived with it for a while now. Hopefully I can go to the doctor soon and get on some meds that will help my pain because lord knows it is hard taking care of my three babies hurting this bad. 

  • My mom flew in last week to help with the kids during my procedures and I miss her already. I have missed her since I dropped her off at the airport Friday night. Matt took the twins with him and me and Maddie took mom. But what's a short girls trip to the airport without stopping by target first? We had fun and got to spend a little more time together before saying goodbye. I hate saying goodbye to her. I miss my parents so much and while I wish they were my next door neighbor, I know that cant happen. I am glad they are happy with where they live though and that dad loves his job! I love and miss you mom and dad;)

The babies always enjoy seeing their moo moo!

Maddie is so tough. I cant even explain how tough she is. Oh, wait yes I can. Lets start with her going up and down steps all by herself. She has been going this for a couple months but recently not using her hands at all. The other night she decided to try that going down our back porch steps to go play. Didn't really work out in her favor. She rolled down about four of them, said "UH OH", stood up and ran to the slide. We recently found hives all over her legs. My sister is a pediatric nurse and I text her a picture of them because I was scared it was ringworm. She showed the picture to her doctor and he thought it could be from a virus or big bites. Ive been treating them and they're getting better. Never once did that girl complain about those. Then there is last night... Me and Matt were finishing our dinner at the table (because it takes 3 minutes for the kids to eat) when we hear a huge BANG from the playroom. Maddie was under a shelf that had fallen and barely cried. I guess its that time to start nailing furniture to the wall. Later last night I realized she even had a gash in her forehead and big knot. Like I said the girl is tough as nails.

  • Matt has been off work for the past two weeks! He went back this week though and I have to say we have missed him dearly. He really spoiled me helping with the kids. We had so much fun too. We went shopping, fishing, hunting and played lots of "tackle" (what JP calls football) at home. I love my baby so much. He is the best person I know and an even better father than I ever imagined. He got to take Jocelynn hunting one afternoon and then JP the next. He loves his babies! 

I got Matt and the twins batman pajama onesies and believe it or not, Matt thought it was awesome. So did the twins of course! They looked precious;)

  • The twins had their last day of MDO for the holiday break today. They got to wear their jammies and bring their favorite stuffed animal or blanket. I picked them up and they were thrilled to tell me all about the "moobies" (movies) they watched and popcorn they ate.

  • We live on the lake in a very small town as I have mentioned before. There are parades and all that if you drive into town but we love the parade on the water! We drove to the hunting club at the end of the road to get a good seat to see all of the lit up boats. The kids went nuts. They loved every single boat and still talked about it the next day!

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Results

By now you all know I had my colonoscopy and endoscopy done on Wednesday morning. Everything went very smoothly and by that I mean I don't remember a thing. Momma got some good stuff in that room.

After being called back and "prepped" I got taken to a room. Just a regular room. Not an operating room or anything like that. I thought that was cool but I guess you don't need a huge space to do these procedures since its not surgery. I actually enjoyed the tiny room because it was very warm in there and I was so cold all morning long. The doctor came in before the anesthesiologist gave me my sleepy medicine to tell me a few things. He told me the bacteria I had tested positive for in the office is the number one cause for cancer so he was glad that we had found that. Yup, I was scared shitless when he told me that. He told me they were going to look for signs of Crohn's disease and he would be able to tell me that day if I had it or not. Then he told me a couple more things and told me to lay on my side. I kept talking and noticed I felt funny. I looked at the nurse and said "You gave me something, didn't you?"She replied yes. I kept talking more and more. Im surprised I didn't start dancing on the hospital bed because that's what anhestisia does to me. After trying to have a conversation with myself the nurse pat my shoulder and said "Hey hunn, I am going to give you just a little more. Okay?" Well, crap Jennifer.. Insurance is going to hit us hard with that one since I had to have more. Am I right?

The next thing I remember is waking in recovery. I was told my throat would be so unbelievably sore but mine didn't hurt at all! I was so excited. Turns out I had gastritis too along with this bacteria infection. I didn't get to talk to the doctor but he told Matt that both of those things can cause a lot of pain. Thank the Lord, it wasn't more severe than that. They also took a few biopsies and removed a polyp. We will get those results back next week. Still praying for good results on those too. I felt so much better to find out what was causing me so much pain these past months and that we can treat it to get rid of it. I am so glad my OB recommended that I go to thin because without her doing that, this bacteria could've gone on to form into a cancer. I know that he was watching out for me too.

Thank you all for the prayers and happy thoughts during this process. I will post something next week about the other results.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

T Minus One Day

Tomorrow I will be having the procedures done to determine if I do indeed have Crohns disease. I am writing because I would appreciate any and all prayers.

I know that if the test is negative then great and it very likely could be negative. If it is positive I have a lot of questions but I won't be mad. I know there's some reason I have this disease if I do have it.

Getting "put under" is always scary. Especially now with having my babies. I'm not nervous or anything. Quite the opposite. Looking forward to a good nap tomorrow and wake up to hear results then come home to hug everyone I love.

Thank you for your prayers;)

Homemade Cheese Wafers

If you love homemade cheese straws, you'll love these! I'm trying more and more things and snacks homemade so I feel better about what my kids are eating (and myself). This recipe is just a few ingredients and so tasty!

You'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups corn flakes cereal, crushed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
Process cheese and butter in food processor until blended. Add flour, salt and paprika; process mixture until it forms into a ball. Add cereal and almonds; process until blended.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place balls about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each ball in a criss cross pattern with a fork dipped in flour (this helped fork not stick to dough).

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an air tight container. 

Yield: 4 dozen. Per Wafer: Calories:51 Fat: 3.8 grams

Friday, December 5, 2014

Five on Friday

We've been pretty busy around here this week. My husband is off for TWO whole weeks so we have been enjoying all the things we usually do not get to do! I need to catch y'all up on everything so what better way than a little 5 on Friday?!


1. I have the best Sous chefs. Yes, they may eat the batter and lick all the spoons but I couldn't ask for better helpers;)

2. Our Elf appeared Tuesday night! He was a day late because mommy was sick. I had a virus that lasted Sunday-Tuesday UGH. I was so upset I didn't do the North Pole Breakfast for them but they were just as amazed by him leaving them some jammies as they were a big special breakfast. He brought three pairs of pajamas, a letter from Santa, and his official name which is "Peanut!" Me, Matt and the kids chose that name a couple of weeks ago. 

3. My little hunter. Matt woke JP early from his nap on Thanksgiving day to take him goose hunting! JP loves anything daddy related. He was ecstatic and I must say he looked pretty cute in his face paint!

4. Speaking of Thanksgiving, ours was very laid back. We decided to stay home this year instead of running around like crazy from house to house. I cooked a little too much but we had an amazing time just the 5 of us!

5. Family day of fun! We spent the day out and about on Wednesday. I went all comfy wear that was my favorite sweatshirt from Target to my slip on Skecher shoes. You seriously need to go get one of the cowl neck shirts from target. By far the comfiest shirt I own.

We started our day at out the Galleria. We rode the Carousel and all the babies loved it. Maddie couldn't stop laughing every time it went up. It was the cutest thing I have ever witnessed.

We ended our day with a Bass Pro/ Academy run. They always have so much fun in Bass Pro Shops. This time of year they have the Santa's Wonderland setup with all kinds of fun stuff to do. But how do my kids feel about Santa? Umm. I honestly think they think he is the scariest person in this world. I am talking throwing down, kicking, screaming, crying fits over not wanting to see him. I was able to get Maddie to sit with him at the Galleria but the twins fought so hard Matt had to walk them away. We thought Maddie wasn't going to cry at first but after one long stare at him she started bawling. 

So I guess this is our 2014 Santa Claus picture. I might actually try again without Matt. I cant see me not having a Santa picture of them every year.

I know this is technically (6) on Friday. I told you before that I have been having some bad pains with a lot of other symptoms I wouldn't even dare to type. My GI doctor called me yesterday (the one I went to a month ago) and told me I tested positive for Crohn's Disease and bacteria. The bacteria is cured by antibiotics which I will start today but the Crohn's is a whole other ball game. I have to have a colonoscopy and endoscopy done next Wednesday to determine if my test results are true. I would really appreciate any prayers. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Homemade Ranch "Chips"

My babies will not eat sliced, diced or wedged potatoes. It drives me crazy because they LOVE french fries when we let them have them. I kept trying and trying with potatoes and finally found a yummy way that they actually like them... crisped and sliced thin like potato chips!

You'll need:

  • 2-3 Large potatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Ranch powder 
  • salt and pepper

Start by slicing your potatoes very thin. Think potato chip thin. Put them in a bowl and toss them with olive oil. Lay them out on a cookie sheet. Make sure they aren't layered so every "chip" will get crisped. Sprinkle generously with ranch seasoning. Place them in a 400 degree oven. When they start to turn a pretty gold color, take them out and toss them a bit to try and get all sides that color. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and pop back into oven. When they look tasty enough to eat and some are that beautiful golden brown, take them out! ENJOY!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday Randoms

I have been so busy posting recipes and crafts, I almost forgot to post what I really want to talk about and thats my babies! Lets catch up!

Mine and Matt's anniversary was the 15th! Celebrated 6 happy wonderful years with my man a day early (after all it is football season and we played MSU the day of our Anniversary). Matts dad and step mom came to the house and put them to bed for us so we could go out! We went to a delicious dinner at Outback and then grocery shopping. Wild, right? We both enjoyed it. Getting to actuality browse and not having to hurry was so fun. We even looked at a few Christmas present ideas for the babies and might have bought one or two!

Thank you paw-paw and Chick for babysitting! The kids love them so much and I know they were so happy that they came to our house.

 Alabama played the number 1 team that weekend and I was a nervous wreck. TBH I wasn't as nervous for this game as I was the LSU game because that was just crazy. We had friends over, cooked out and had a good ole time!

Mine and Jocelynn's reaction to us beating the number ONE team!! Here we come FSU!! We just have to get past our enemy first.. Auburn. And they always give us a great game. Just hoping we beat them so we get the chance to play FSU.

The twins had their Thanksgiving program at school last Thursday! I cant even begin to explain to you how nervous I was. I had butterflies in my stomach that whole morning. This is the first time they had ever done anything like this! Ms. Alana told me they cried when she put their turkey costumes on too. I was prepared on Thursday morning. I gave Ms. Alana two dollars and told her "If they cry, give them these and tell them if you wear these costumes I will let you have a dollar". After the program worked she said "it worked!" Well, of course! This is how we have been rewarding them at home. She told me that we were going to go broke by giving them so many dollars and I leaned my head over, put my hand up to my face and whispered "Little do they know, they are getting the same dollar over and over again". Everyone died out laughing. 

Back to the play.. Jocelynn and JP's finally walked out and they looked so precious in their little turkey aprons and hats. Joc and JP sat right next to each other and did not move a muscle. I was laughing so hard. My babies are so shy. You could tell that Jocelynn wanted to get up and dance and sing but every time she looked at her bubba it was like he was saying "don't do it". I am still so proud of them. They even saw me and Maddie and didn't even cry. Me and Maddie were lucky enough that Aunt Jill came with us too! On another note, I think I lost 5 lbs running after Maddie over and over and over again. She wanted to get on that stage and show everyone what she had. Everyone laughed at me chasing her but there is literally no taming that child. I would rather chase her over and over.. and over again rather than her scream.

We've had a few tough days here lately. It was so cold a few days in a row last week that you couldnt even walk outside without freezing. Inside we were. Cooped up and going stir crazy. What else to do than take off all your kids clothes and turn on Shake It Off by Taylor Swift? The answer is nothing. You do just that. I might not be a lot of things but I am a mom of three babies under 3 and I know a few tricks, if thats what you want to call it. 

Matt had a fishing tournament this weekend. It was his classic for fishing all year long. He fishes this tournament trail with his dad and he said they had so much fun! They got 3rd place and angler of the year! We were so proud of our daddy;) The kids had a ball playing in a puddle at the weigh in. Guess who made the other children start playing in it and get soaken wet too? Yup, miss Maddie Rae.

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